Metso to Manage Maintenance Operations at Australian Paper's Maryvale Mill

Metso will manage all maintenance systems and procedures at Australian Paper's Maryvale Mill in Victoria, Australia.

June 11, 2013 - Metso and Australian Paper have signed a multi-year agreement for Metso to manage the mill maintenance operations at the Maryvale Mill in Victoria, Australia.

Metso said that it will manage all maintenance systems and procedures at the mill and be responsible for optimizing maintenance costs and developing maintenance quality.

The agreement became effective on June 1, 2013.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

The Maryvale Mill has three pulp lines, five papermaking machines, an elemental chlorine free bleach plant, pulp lapping machine, finishing facility and a waste paper processing plant.

The objective of the agreement with Metso is to achieve world-class maintenance standards at the Maryvale Mill. Metso will assist Australian Paper with the skills development of maintenance staff and employees, as well as with improved planning and productivity.

Metso’s mill maintenance model optimizes the use of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Metso's streamlined reliability centered maintenance (Applied RCM) and condition-based maintenance. The model ensures the highest possible equipment efficiency and cost optimization.

Australian Paper is Australia's largest manufacturer of fine papers for print and office applications and produces high-quality packaging papers. The company employs over 1,400 Australians and supplies more than 500,000 tonnes of product within Australia and around the world.

Australian Paper is part of Nippon Paper Group that consists of approximately 180 affiliates and related companies.

The Maryvale Mill is Australia's largest integrated fine paper-making and packaging papers complex, producing more than 500,000 tonnes of paper every year.

Metso's pulp, paper and power professionals specialize in processes, machinery, equipment, services, paper machine clothing and filter fabrics. The company's offerings and experience cover the entire process life cycle including new production lines, rebuilds and services. For additional information, visit: www.metso.com

SOURCE: Metso